Friday, March 29, 2013

#RECIPEFRIDAY: Slow Cooker Chicken with Cauliflower Curry

Good morning everyone and...

Happy #RECIPEFRIDAY to you!

As I've been preparing for the OPA Ontario Championships coming up in June...

You know that I've been putting my creativity to the works when it comes to my competition eats!


I mean...

Why make my food boring when the journey to the stage is the exact opposite?! (The journey is a lot of things but one thing it's not...is boring!)

Putting my creativity to work ;)

Onto the 'meat' of #RECIPEFRIDAY...

Last week...

I had one of my FFA Teammates share with you her recipe for...

Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Recipe

And this week....

I have another Teammate who will be...

Sharing a recipe she's been loving as she gets ready for the stage!

Who exactly?

Well, the wonderFUl MP!

Photo by Chris Kiez.
Here we are at the OPA Ottawa Championships!
We are now both getting ready for the Provincials in June!
Both suits designed by the amazing Joan MacDonald from
Daydreams Fitness Wear

So....

Enough with my jibber jabbering and let's...

Give a tasty welcome to Marie-Pierre! (You can read more about her here!)

Photo by Chris Kiez.

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Thanks FU and hi everyone :)

As a competitor, I eat so much chicken that baking without sauce can become boring so, when I found a new way to cook my chicken breasts online, I couldn't wait to give it a try! To my excitement, it ended up being a cooking method that kept my chicken moist and full of flavour so, ever since then, I've been cooking my chicken like this!

Get shredded.

To me, dieting is all about experimenting and being creative with the food you're allowed to eat. If you think about it, there are so many different types of veggies, herbs and spices to choose from that you simply can't get bored!

If I crave something, I try my best to make a healthier and cleaner version of it while keeping the same taste.


So, with that in mind, here's a recipe I hope you will enjoy!

It has a blend of my favourite flavours mixed together. It's spicy yet fresh and light all at the same time!

MP's Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and Cauliflower Curry!

by Marie Pierre
Ingredients (1 serving)
    Slow Cooker Chicken

    • 1 chicken breast
    • Water or sodium free chicken broth (just enough cover chicken in the pot)
    • Spices of your choice (I've used Mrs. Dash, Garam Masala, Curry and Mexican spices)

    Cauliflower Curry

    • 1 cauliflower chopped into pieces
    • 1 bag of fresh spinach
    • 1 onion chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 piece of fresh ginger grated
    • 1 tsp. Red curry (I love very spicy curry)
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • ½ tsp. curcuma
    • 1 tbsp. paprika
    • A handful of fresh cilantro


    Instructions

    For the slower cooker chicken
    1. Put the chicken breast in the slow cooker, add just enough liquid to cover and spices
    2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours
    3. Once done put your chicken in a Pyrex container and cut it with a spatula
    4. Add a bit of the cooking liquid to keep it moist

    Optional
    • Enjoy it as a snack, added it to a meal or mix it with salsa!

    For the cauliflower curry
    1. Spray a pan with non-stick spray add onion garlic and ginger and cook until soft
    2. Add spices and cook a few more minutes
    3. Add cauliflower pieces and a bit of water (about a 1/4 cup only ), turn the heat up and cover to steam until cauliflower is cooked but still firm
    4. Add spinach mix and cover for 2 /3 minutes more (note: they cook pretty fast)
    5. Finish off with the fresh cilantro
    6. Serve with some chicken and brown rice or quinoa

    note
    • When not in contest prep I would make this using coconut oil instead of Pam and I would add some dry raisins at the end :)

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    Oh my FUreakin' goodness does it ever look good!

    Thank you MP for sharing this flavourFUl dish with us!

    And you are totally right...

    There are so many things we can do to keep the food we eat FUn and tasty that it's up to us to keep it creative!

    Merci! (On se voit au gym bientôt! xo)

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    Alright friends...

    Now it's your turn!

    If you have a recipe you'd like to share...

    I can't wait to see what you've cooked up!

    RecipeFriday


    Until next time...

    Have a great weekend! (And Happy Easter to those who celebrate!)

    And...
    Don't forget to #FUFACE ;)

    Questions FU You..

    Do you use a slow cooker? Do share your recipe(s)!
    Plans for the weekend?

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    26 comments:

    1. I love my Crockpots! I also use my pressure cooker for the same recipes when I have time constraints. Both methods are excellent for moisture retention.

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    2. you NEVER make chicken boring... seriously i'm so impressed! when my mom was body building she ate plain chicken and steak all the time. too bad your blog wasn't around 10 years ago!!

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    3. Yum! I was thinking just this morning no matter what type of diet you eat you have to make it un-boring and satisfying to stick with it for the long term. I love the genius of a slow cooker :)

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    4. i just had curry last night! gosh, love it! i need to try it with the cauliflower rice. YUM!

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    5. Yum! I am cutting back on my meat intake but that might just be the exception to the rule :)

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    6. Slow cooker...genius!!! That looks amazing!!!

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    7. I use one but not as often as I should. Plans for the weekend, celebrating Easter with my family and running a 10k tomorrow!

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    8. Love using the slow cooker so this is welcomed! She's a hot mama just like you, FU!

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    9. I can't believe how many people think eating clean has to be flavorless. I started making spice blends for people at my gym so they'd quit eating plan chicken. Love the curry here - I've been on an Indian kick.

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    10. Mmm, I love curries... this sounds so good. Have a great weekend!!

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    11. Yum! This looks very tasty!

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    12. I love almost anything curry! I'm going to have to give the cauliflower a try :)

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    13. Another wonderful Friday recipe! I love making chicken on the slow-cooker. I usually cook it with spinach.

      Happy weekend to ya!

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    14. Yummmm this looks so good; i really need to try making my own shredded chicken it looks so tasty!

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    15. I can't wait to try this one! I haven't had success with chicken breasts in the crock pot but it sounds like I was doing it wrong.

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    16. No slow cooker but I so want to buy one for this winter especially after seeing recipes like this :)

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    17. I NEED A SLOW COOKER!!!! :) But I love how easy it is AND easy to change it up!!! You are looking great Kierston & thx to Marie-Pierre for sharing - I love that name! :)

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    18. I have TOTALLY been OBSESSING over shredded chicken lately, OMG! Deliciousness!

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    19. This looks wonderful and I just happen to have all the ingredients!

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    20. I LOVE my slow cooker and I love curry so this sounds right up my alley.

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    21. That looks wonderful! I love curry and a crockpot.

      I LOVE your apron. So cute and so you!

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    22. First time to your website: wow mind blown! Love the full-blown pinkness.

      PS: My name's Mia I'm a new food blogger on Chinese/Italian/Korean/Japanese/American recipes and restaurant reviews. Feel free to browse around my page!

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    23. This looks so good! I haven't got a slow cooker and I am not even sure if we can get these here in Switzerland :-) sorry I did not link up I was on a Easter Trip away in Berlin but will definitely do so next week!! Lucie@FitSwissChick

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    24. I LOVE THAT AS A MANTRA!!

      Keep it tasty--keep it clean.

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